Do you love to write? It is with writing and reading that humanity has been sharing ideas for thousands of years. Books are historic artifacts. They capture moments in time, fantastic ideas of people, and even have the ability to document music. If you enjoy sharing your ideas with others in written form, you may have an opportunity to start a lucrative business.
Benefits of Writing an eBook
The process of writing an eBook is no different than a regular paperback. You still have to come up with a great story and write it well. But there are some advantages to producing a digital book over a hard-copy one:
- Little to no publishing cost.
- Publishing on the internet gives you a much farther reach and wider audience.
- Don’t have to manage sales, shipping, packaging, etc.
- Open to affiliate programs and resellers.
Choosing Content for your eBook
Just like hard-copy books, the content of an eBook has no bounds. They key to selecting the content of your eBook is to choose something that is close to your heart. When you choose a subject you are passionate about, it comes out in your writing. Here are some general eBook categories to consider:
If you have great advice and experiences to share, teach it to your audience. The subject matter for an eBook is endless: how to get your boyfriend back, how to build a wine rack, or tips on when to sell your house. If you can write in a clear, understandable way, you may have a large audience of people who want to learn what you know.
Fictional writing takes a bit more creativity and imagination. If you enjoy creating complex plots and dynamic characters than a fiction eBook may be your best choice.
Books about history and autobiographies are some of the most common non-fictional pieces. Often times, non-fictional books require substantial research to learn the true story. Some of the best eBooks are about the strange and curious history of real people.
Creativity isn’t Always Cooperative
Many times I have a kernel for a book idea. The difficult part is turning that small focus into a larger composition. Many of history’s greatest thinkers and writers would argue that creativity is simply taking the existing ideas of humanity and arranging them in a new way. Take this quote from Steve Jobs:
Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.
Here are a few tips I’ve learned to help me gain exposure to new ideas and gather my thoughts:
Take Notes. When you mention “taking notes” to people, many will shrug at the idea. But with modern technology, jotting down your ideas at any given moment has gotten much faster and simpler. Most smart phones have notepad apps and even audio recording apps that come with the phone. Use them to make quick notes to yourself when you’re at work, in the grocery store, or where I do most of my best thinking, on the toilet.
Read Something. Many of my most creative ideas, business and otherwise, have come from reading and gaining knowledge from others. The insights of others help to get your mind going and spark your own creativity.
Ask Questions. If you’re writing a book about growing indoor plants in your office, ask people who have done it why they do it, how it helps them, or any tips they have. Writing an eBook doesn’t require you to have 100% new ideas that have never been discussed. Sharing the ideas and experiences of others actually legitimizes your eBook even more!
Writing a Kindle eBook for Amazon.com
One of the easiest ways to get your eBook in front of a huge audience is to publish it as an official Kindle book on Amazon.com. Producing a Kindle is surprisingly simple. In fact, Amazon has tons of online tutorials and help materials to walk you through the entire process.
Once you have written an eBook, publishing a Kindle on Amazon takes 5 minutes. In many cases your eBook is up and online for sale within 24-48 hours for a global audience.
Promoting your eBook
There is more to becoming a successful eBook author than simply writing the book. Most new eBooks get buried in millions of published eBooks across the internet. Here are some easy ways to promote your new eBook and generate interest:
- Spread the word on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.).
- Have readings in local book stores.
- Give away a limited number of free copies in exchange for reviews.
- Discuss your book in forums and chat groups.
- Word of mouth; tell everyone about it!
If you have an idea, write it down. You never know, one day it might just become a best seller!